2015 Lexus IS 250

2015 Lexus IS 250 is one of five Lexus vehicles that will be released with Crafted Line upgrade, limited edition, and that is the biggest news for this model year. Other than this special edition, which will bring some alterations in both design and performance, Lexus IS 250 will note some minor styling details change, and few feature additions.  

2015 Lexus IS 250 Side

2015 Lexus IS 250 trims and features

2015 Lexus IS 250 comes in two variations, as standard and base with F Sport package, and for this model year in Crafted Line variant too. Its styling changes include newly added LED foglights, while feature additions include much more.

New features for 2015 model year include Siri Eyes Free technology, heated and cooled front seats F SPORT), heated steering wheel (F SPORT AWD), interior trim color changes, dynamic grid lines are added for parking maneuvers on back-up monitor, and Lexus Enform Remote.

The F SPORT Package includes special design cues, such as front fascia, grille and front-fender badges, 18-inch alloy wheels, suspension-tunning, VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) with Sport mode, LED headlights, instrument panel inspired by LFA, NuLuxe and Silver performance interior trims, heated and cooled front seats, black roof lining, heated steering wheel,and stylish placements of F SPORT badge.

2015 Lexus IS 250 is highly equipped sedan, and its standard features are numerous. Some of its standards include: HID headlights, DRL (LED daytime running lights), power sunroof, 60/40 split rear seats, keyless entry and push-button start, two-zone A/C, traffic and weather updates via HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and more.

Even with impressive list of standards, Lexus offered five optional equipment packages, beside F SPORT. Packages available as optional include Navigation Pack, Mark Levinson Audio Pack, Premium Pack, Luxury Pack, and Luxury Technology Pack.

2015 Lexus IS 250 Interior

2015 Lexus IS 250 Crafted Line

Since this version presents limited edition, it will be produced in only 1 374 copies. Those special versions will have exterior painted in Ultra White with few black-painted details to make it more attractive. Inside, Lexus IS 250 Crafted Line interior comes available in two-tone Black/Scarlet or Black/Cabernet color schemes. Navigation and blind-spot monitor with RCTA are also part of this exclusive series. The starting price for this limited version will be around $42 000.

2015 Lexus IS 250

2015 Lexus IS 250 performance

IS 250 sedan comes with only one engine choice, for both versions. It is a 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 V6 power unit with 204 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The power of the engine is transferred to either rear- (standard) or all-wheels via 6-speed automatic transmission. In the regular IS 250 with FWD you will get three drive modes: ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT, while AWD models receive one more- SNOW. FWD Lexus IS 250 accelerates form 0 to 60 in 7.7 seconds, while AWD models need 8.3 sec.

According to EPA-estimates 2015 Lexus IS 250 with RWD delivers 21/30/24 mpg city/hwy/combined, while AWD models are rated at 20/27/23 mpg.

2015 Lexus IS 250 Rear

2015 Lexus IS 250 competition

Although criticized for its offerings of AWD on its entry level IS – 250, Lexus created big advantage for itself on the market. Only few of its competitors offer AWD on the base trim, and those are Audi, BMW and Volvo. Other than models made by this brands (Audi A4, BMW 320i and Volvo S60), IS 250 rivals are also Cadillac ATS 2.5 and Mercedes-Benz C250.

2015 Lexus IS 250 release and price

Earlier on this month, at the Peter Hay Hill at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus presented its Crafted Line edition of 2015 Lexus IS 250, and it will be released in November, while specs for standard IS 250 are already released, and it should be available for sale really soon. Its starting price is $36 550, while with F SPORT Package, it starts at $40 135.

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